Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N2876Q: Accident occurred December 03, 2019 in Potts Camp, Marshall County, Mississippi

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Potts Camp, MS
Accident Number: ERA20LA047
Date & Time: 12/03/2019, 2130 CST
Registration: N2876Q
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 3, 2019, about 2130 central standard time, a Cessna 172L N2876Q, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during a forced landing near Potts Camp, Mississippi. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot/owner under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP), Tupelo, Mississippi about 2110 and was destined for Olive Branch Airport (OLV), Olive Branch, Mississippi.

The pilot reported that he conducted an instructional flight with a flight instructor earlier during the day and flew 1.5 hours from OLV to TUP, then back to OLV, where they landed about 1400 and "topped off" the fuel tanks with about 13 gallons of 100 low-lead aviation fuel, which brought the total to about 40 gallons. The previous flight was unremarkable with no engine indications or anomalies noticed.

Several hours later, the pilot conducted a night solo flight that departed about 1900. After departure, he flew to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (MKL), Jackson, Tennessee, and conducted some sightseeing; then he proceeded to TUP, where he performed a touch-and-go landing before flying back to OLV at a cruise altitude of 3,000 ft mean sea level. There were no indications or anomalies noticed during the flight until the engine experienced a total loss of power about 20 minutes after departing TUP and 2.7 hours since the original departure.

After establishing best glide speed and performing the emergency checklist, the pilot was successful in getting the engine restarted; it operated for an additional 5 minutes before stopping a second time. The pilot elected to land on a highway and during the approach, the airplane cleared a bridge, but the airspeed was degrading, and he was not sure if he would clear the second bridge. He decided to land on the left side of the road, trying to avoid a concrete structure. The airplane bounced, then struck terrain near the second bridge before coming to rest inverted.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it was inverted. Both wings were deformed, and the right wing was folded down about 12 inches outboard of the wing strut, which was bent. The nose landing gear was sheared aft and there was damage to the bottom of the engine compartment and multiple fuselage buckles in the airframe. The two-blade metal propeller was undamaged, and the spinner was crushed uniformly. In addition, about 18 gallons of fuel was recovered from the airplane; thirteen gallons in the left tank and 5 gallons in the right tank.

According to the pilot and FAA airmen records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He reported 530 hours total time, of which 348 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. In addition, he flew 4.2 and 16.1 hours during the last 24-hours and 30 days, respectively. He was operating under basic medical regulations.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate in the normal and utility category on July 20, 1971. It was a four-place, externally braced high-wing airplane, that was equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, and a Lycoming O-320-E2D, 150-horsepower engine driving a two-blade metal fixed-pitch propeller. The airplane had accumulated 3,778.4 hours total time and the engine had accumulated 224 hours total time since overhaul and was operated for 10 hours since its last annual inspection on October 13, 2019.

The weather conditions reported at TUP, the departure airport located about 40 miles southeast of the accident site, at 2053 included winds calm, visibility 10 statute miles and clear, temperature 03° C, dew point 01° and an altimeter setting of 29.92 inches of mercury.

The weather conditions reported at the destination airport OLV, located about 35-miles northwest of the accident site, at 2135 included winds calm, visibility 10 statue mile and clear, temperature 05° C, dew point 03° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.94 inches of mercury.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for additional examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2876Q
Model/Series: 172 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: OLV, 401 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Tupelo, MS (TUP)
Destination: Olive Branch, MS (OLV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.646111, -89.305278 (est)

POTTS CAMP, Mississippi — A Collierville man walked away relatively unharmed after an emergency landing on a Mississippi interstate overnight.

According to initial reports, the pilot – identified by a source as Doug Woods of Collierville –  was flying from Tupelo, Mississippi to Olive Branch when he experienced engine trouble. He was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 22 near Potts Camp.

Video from the scene showed the plane was discovered upside down in a ditch on the side of the highway.

Miraculously, the pilot walked to the ambulance on his own despite having several broken ribs, a broken nose and bruises all over his body. He was taken to Collierville Baptist Memorial Hospital for an evaluation and subsequently released.

Melissa Moon spoke to Woods after his release. He didn’t want to go on camera at this time, but said about 25 people stopped to help and took care of him until help arrived.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to inspect the aircraft on Wednesday to determine what went wrong.

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BENTON COUNTY, Mississippi - The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Mississippi Tuesday night has been released from the hospital.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. near the 43 mile marker on I-22 at the Marshall County and Benton County line.

Officials told FOX13 that the pilot, identified as Doug Woods of Collierville, made radio calls stating that he was having engine problems and needed to make an emergency landing.

Woods ended up landing in the westbound lane of I-22, which is also known as Highway 78.

The plane was removed from the road and taken to a nearby field where the FAA is expected to arrive to investigate Wednesday.

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